Why Forage?: Hunters and Gatherers in the Twenty-First Century (School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar) (Paperback)

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By Brian F. Codding (Editor), Karen L. Kramer (Editor)
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Foraging persists as a viable economic strategy both in remote regions and within the bounds of developed nation-states. Given the economic alternatives available, why do some groups choose to maintain their hunting and gathering lifeways? Through a series of detailed case studies, the contributors to this volume examine the decisions made by modern-day foragers to sustain a predominantly hunting and gathering way of life. What becomes clear is that hunter-gatherers continue to forage because the economic benefits of doing so are high relative to the local alternatives and, perhaps more importantly, because the social costs of not foraging are prohibitive; in other words, hunter-gatherers value the social networks built through foraging and sharing more than the potential marginal gains of a new mode of subsistence. Why Forage? shows that hunting and gathering continues to be a viable and vibrant way of life even in the twenty-first century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780826356963
ISBN-10: 0826356966
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar